The Colorado Buffalos have picked up another transfer for the 2017 season: 6’1″ redshirt freshman outside hitter Emily DeMure, who joins the team after one season at Penn State.
She’s one of two announced incoming transfers for the spring season for Colorado, along with libero Branen Berta, who joined the team from Iowa State.
DeMure didn’t make any competitive appearances for Penn State last year. That means that she can expect 4 seasons to play at Colorado, beginning with this spring’s exhibition schedule.
While DeMure’s sample size at the collegiate level is small, she was a four-year letter winner in high school and team captain, and helped Granite Bay to a Division I state championship during the 2013-2014 season.
As a senior, DeMure had 429 kills in 128 sets played, averaging 3.4 kills/set. She hit .260 on the season, with kills on 40.1% of her attacks – both of which were slight decreases from her junior season.
She does have some experience on USA Volleyball development teams. She played on the A1 Women’s Junior National Team in 2015, and a year prior was on the A2 team in 2014. The A1 team is defined by USA Volleyball as the “top level of programming for the Select age group, National Training Team level,” and says that “athletes in this level are in top consideration for a spot in the Youth or Junior National Team Programs the following year.” Only 33 players nationally are selected for the A1 Junior National Training Team, which is the second tier behind the 12 on the Junior National Team.
The Buffaloes are stacked for 2017 at outside hitter, including the return of leading hitter Alexa Smith. Colorado returns their top 6 players from 2016 in kills, which includes Smith and Stephanie Shadley (258 kills, 2.22/set).